Kitkat, Aero, Smarties or After Eight; everybody has their Nestlé favourite. However, your daily treat often comes with a serving of guilt. Now your conscience can rest a little easier. No, Nestlé has not finally cracked the science behind zero-calorie chocolate, but it has achieved another first. Nestlé UK & Ireland announced today that it has reached its target to source 100 per cent certified sustainable, Fairtrade cocoa for its chocolate confectionery and biscuits becoming the first major confectionery company in the UK and Ireland to do so.
From 1 January 2016, the entire range of Nestlé chocolate confectionery and biscuits sold in the UK and Ireland from Kitkat to Milkybar, Aero to Quality Street, After Eight to Smarties and many more will be produced using certified sustainable cocoa, sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. Andrew McIver, Managing Director, Confectionery, Nestlé UK & Ireland said:
“The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is helping farmers to run profitable farms, support the elimination of child labour and ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa. Consumers here in the UK can enjoy their favourite products with the confidence that they are made with cocoa that comes from 100 per cent certified sustainable sources.”
Nestlé UK & Ireland works with both UTZ Certified and the Fairtrade Foundation for independent certification, ensuring that the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions. The UTZ program is designed to improve producers’ lives and offer a flexible and cost efficient sustainability program to the industry. UTZ certified farmers are trained to grow better crops, generate more income and create opportunities for their families whilst safeguarding the environment.
Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways. Through the standards and certification, the Fairtrade system provides direct and indirect support to producers and their organisations to deepen social and environmental sustainability. Michael Gidney, Chief Executive Officer, The Fairtrade Foundation said:
“With businesses such as Nestlé working with Fairtrade to build more sustainable supply chains will is critical. The secured price and social premium enabled through Fairtrade delivers real investment in community and farmer-led development in a future sustainable cocoa industry.“
It is refreshing to see a global corporation like Nestlé making sustainable business a priority, setting the chocolate bar for other leading confectionery companies.